Intense pulse light therapy (IPL) also known as ‘Photofacial’ using light therapy to treat unwanted hair, spots due to sun exposure, ageing, rosacea and freckles. Once the procedure begins, the dermatologist will provide you with dark glasses to wear to protect your eyes. Next, they will rub a cool gel on the area being treated and then the light pulses will begin. The procedure takes approx. 20-30 mins depending on the size of the area treated. It can often take more than one treatment, 4-6 weeks apart, to receive the results you are looking for.
1. What to do after IPL treatment?
Do moisturise your skin and apply sunscreen.
2. What not to do after IPL treatment?
Avoid direct sun exposure for 48-72 hours after treatment. Avoid hot showers, steam, sauna. Avoid irritating creams and serums like retinol, Vit. C, hydroxy acids for 48-72 hours post treatment.
3. What are contraindications for IPL?
Pregnancy, skin cancer, keloids.
4. What should you not do before an IPL?
Before your IPL treatment:
Avoid any irritants to your skin, such as any products containing Retin-A, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents or Vitamin C for one week before your treatment. 3. Do not wax or use a depilatory on treatment areas for one week prior to your treatment.
5. Can I shower after IPL?
After IPL, your skin will be hypersensitive, especially to heat. Avoid hot baths and showers. A warm shower should be tolerable, but make sure the water is not directly hitting the skin. Only wash treated areas with cool or lukewarm water for the first two to three days.
6. Does IPL remove age spots?
IPL treatments work very well to reduce and remove brown and red spots on the skin and create an overall better complexion. However, as this treatment has “minimal or no downtime”, it is necessary to do 3-5 treatments to achieve the very best results.
7. How long after IPL do you see results?
It only takes a week to see the initial results of an IPL treatment, and it only takes four to six weeks to see the final results of a given session. Even better, you may only need three 20- to 60-minute sessions to get the results you’re looking for.
8. Do you peel after IPL?
One Week After Your IPL® Photofacial Appointment
Within a week of the procedure, you should see the healing of the treated area. You will possibly experience crusting, peeling, and scabbing. During this timeframe of recovery, it’s vital to utilize various skin care products suggested by doctor.
9. Does IPL increase collagen production?
In the process of heating up your skin, IPL encourages the production of more collagen. It stimulates the natural process by which your body repairs all kinds of damage. Once produced, the collagen goes to work on improving the effects of sun damage and the other factors that make your skin look more age.
10. How painful is IPL?
IPL photo facial is one of the safest light-based treatments on the market. Photo rejuvenation cause little to no pain during or after treatment, and any side effects on the skin usually vanish within a few hours and up to a few days after the treatment.